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Where can I find in person mentors to help me with my school?

The counselors are always too busy and very elusive in addition to being unhelpful most of the time. The students in my classes are just as clueless as I am so where should I go if I have questions about the school and its processes?
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Gwen Hardin,’s Answer

Hi Lauren,

The best way to find a mentor is look at any of your peers, teachers or community leaders that you admire. Approach someone in a career field you are interested in and ask if they would be wiling to be your mentor. I'm sorry to hear your school counselors are unavailable to give you the guidance you need. Below are some suggested steps to finding a mentor. Hope this helps.

Gwen Hardin, recommends the following next steps:

Ask yourself what you are looking for in a mentor. Make a list. Consider school and career goals that you want to achieve.
Look around at any successful peers, teachers or someone in your community that you can approach to be a mentor.
Meet with the prospective mentor in an informal setting and ask prepared questions to get to know them and see if they are the right fit for you.
Follow up after the meeting and thank them for their time. Ask them if they are open to mentoring you if you haven't done it during your first meeting if you like them.
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Tanya’s Answer

Hi Lauren,
If you are looking for mentors specific to schooling, trying looking for Alumni of your school. Someone who graduated from your school will be familiar with the schools culture, professors, etc. You can find alumni in various ways such as LinkedIn, Classmates.com or even Google. When you reach out, explain that you are a student of the school and you would appreciate some of their time to discuss school and career planning. During the first meeting, ask questions that will help you find out if this mentor/mentee relationship will be a good fit for you.

Good luck to you!
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